The U.S. Congress passed a comprehensive gun control bill Wednesday after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde (Texas). However, with Republican lawmakers opposing the bill, it is unlikely that it will become law. The U.S. Congress passed a comprehensive gun control bill Wednesday after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde (Texas). However, with Republican lawmakers opposing the bill, it is unlikely that it will become law.
There have been several incidents of mass shootings in the United States before, and many have lost their lives. However, these events have never prompted the U.S. Congress to take action. However, after 19 children and two teachers were killed in a shooting at a school in Uvalde, M.P.s from both parties said that steps need to be taken to prevent such incidents. Moreover, the pressure on M.P.s had increased after the parliamentary committee heard earnest testimony from the families of those killed in the recent shootings. Against this backdrop, the Gun Control Bill was passed in Parliament on Wednesday by 223 votes against 224.
Opposition lawmakers in the Republican Party have opposed the bill. The Senate also called for improving the mental health program, strengthening school safety and increasing background checks. Therefore, it is tough for this bill to become law. The Senate is working hard to reach a consensus on the bill where the account needs the support of 10 Republican M.P.s to become law.
The bill seeks to raise the age limit for purchasing semi-automatic rifles and ban the sale of magazines with a capacity of more than 15 bullets. The suspects in the shootings at a school in Uvalde and a supermarket in Buffalo are both 18-year-olds. He also bought a used semi-automatic rifle. Therefore, the bill provides for raising the age limit for the purchase of semi-automatic rifles to 21. The bill would allow incumbent Democratic lawmakers to present a concrete policy to voters in the November election.